Sebastien Beyh works in the telecommunications industry as the Head of Free Space Optics Division within Lunasat . He stayed in contact with the industry while conducting his PhD research, which he completed in the School of Built Environment in 2004. He is now based in the Lebanon.
"I chose to undertake a PhD at Salford University after recommendations from several trusted research and professional sources. Alongside this, I did my own personal research comparing a number of universities using a number of factors, including: research standing, support systems, publications, infrastructures, social environment, and costs. I found Salford to be the best overall choice.
My PhD provided me with a number of skills, including: research, methodologies, time management, and discipline. I’ve found what I studied to be very relevant to the general management tasks I perform in my current roles.
I’ve always been interested in telecommunications, and in modern life, telecommunications brings more excitement to people than ever before. Although nothing is perfect, I enjoy every aspect of my job, where progression is a constant challenge for which I’m training and learning on a daily-basis.
During my PhD, I always maintained contact with the telecommunications industry by posting my CV on several specialised jobsites, networking with my ex-colleagues and employers. I constantly updated my CV to reflect my current situation, and this would be definitely something I would recommend as it made it easier to get back into business in no time after my PhD. I would advise current PhD students to undertake a lot of research about the industry/sector they are interested in; and never wait until the end of their PhD to look for an appropriate job. View your PhD as one part of your career path helping you to get where you want to be. Get practice in applying for jobs as a way to check your CV and experience are adequate in the way they are presented etc., even if you aren’t looking for a job straight away.
The PhD process doesn’t end at your graduation, on the contrary, it all starts where the school research ends since everyday business life challenges will take you back to a new dimension of continuous research and new knowledge that require a strong commitment and adaptability to bring outstanding success."
by Fiona Christie